Monthly Archives: June 2013

Wheat-less

I’ve decided, once again, to go wheat-less with my diet.

I’ve done this before and had definite success with it.  There’s so much reading out there lately on the dangers of wheat, and why we should avoid it.  It doesn’t make sense to eat low-fat or fat-free foods, when it’s so plainly clear that fat doesn’t make you fat–the wrong kinds of carbohydrates do.  The choice is obvious to me.

I believe that eating anything containing wheat first thing in the morning will only start my day off on the wrong foot.  My insulin levels will be jacked up, causing my body to burn that sugar for energy instead of its own fat (what I’m trying so desperately to be rid of), and I will crash soon after.  The shakes set in, and I immediately go for some other starchy food for lunch.  Wash, rinse, and repeat for dinner.

It has taken me a week to get over the bulk of the withdrawal symptoms and cravings.  I feel that I’m about 75% over wheat at this point.  That sounds funny to say, but if you cut it out of your diet, you’ll see exactly what I mean by that statement.

Last week–my first week off wheat–I was angry, moody, hungry, shaky on and off, craving every dessert imaginable (and I’m not even a big sweets person), and just down-right miserable.  I had cut wheat out of my diet previously, so I knew what to expect.  Oh, how I wish I had stayed in that habit a few months ago to avoid the withdrawals all over again.

Instead of eating muffins or waffles for breakfast, I’ve switched to eggs, fruit, and almonds.

My lunch usually consists of a spinach salad with olive oil and red wine vinegar, carrots and bell pepper slices with hummus, some warmed tomato juice with a dash of salt and pepper (eaten like a soup), a few more almonds, and maybe a small piece of fruit–as opposed to a sandwich I would have typically eaten before.

For dinner I’m downing a couple of different types of veggies with a lean piece of grilled or baked protein.  In the past, I had nights where all I would have was an entire box of Velveeta mac ‘n’ cheese.  (Don’t judge me.  We’ve all been there.)

And water.  Lots and lots of water.

Sodas have never been a huge issue for me.  I don’t drink a lot of sugary drinks (and never artificially sweetened ones), except for the occasional cup of coffee with cream and sugar, which I’ve cut out also.  Today is my first day trying Bulletproof Coffee, with grass-fed butter, and I’m interested to see how it will affect my life.

I’m getting to the point where I’m full sooner, I eat smaller portions, the shakes are virtually nonexistent, my headaches and joint aches rarely show up (a common symptom of wheat in one’s diet), and I’m in a much better mood.  🙂

The thing is, even though pasta is my favorite food of all time, after getting through the withdrawal stages, I don’t even really miss it.  It’s funny how that works.  I guess I’m just so in love with the way I feel, I don’t want to eat the things that I know will mess me up.

Not to mention I lost over 5 pounds the first week of this lifestyle change.  Definitely a bonus.

I love not counting calories–I’ve done it before, and it sucks.  I eat until I’m full; I just only eat the foods that I know are beneficial to my life and progress.  

I’ve changed from saying, I can’t eat that, to, don’t eat that–which takes me from feeling deprived to grateful for the healthy things I’m putting into my body.  Like I stated previously, I was doing this before and got out of the habit, but this time will be different.  I want to stick with it!

Please understand that I will occasionally have a pasta dish, chocolate chip cookie, or Circus Boy (my current favorite brew).  It’s not like I’m completely cutting these things out of my life from here ’til kingdom come.  They are just no longer a part of my daily routine.  If I can stick to this lifestyle 90-95% of the time, I think I’m going to be just fine.

So….I raise my cup of Bulletproof Coffee to progress and the many weeks and months to come.  Cheers!

Have any of you cut wheat from your diet and noticed drastic changes in your life?

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Heirlooms

I just finished reading Living Simply Free’s blog post on Heirlooms and am reminded of an issue that I’ve been mentally avoiding for some time now.

I’m definitely not wanting to have all my parents belongings passed down to me when the time comes. Luckily, my mother is working towards being more minimalistic and attachment-free with her home and possessions these days, so she may be letting me off the hook in most areas.

However, her mother–my granny–used to paint. My family has several of her oil paintings displayed around our homes, and that is one thing that my mother will never get rid of. Nor should she!

I just think about the possibility of something happening to her and me being responsible for several rather large items with EXTREME sentimentality attached to them. What will I do? How will I react?

Most people would think I’m crazy for even starting to have anxiety about this issue. They would gladly take these heirlooms from their parents, but I’m not like everyone else. I just see these paintings as objects I would worry over during the event of a storm or other natural disaster, possibility of a house fire (heaven forbid), them getting damaged in a move, etc. etc. etc….

Sigh.

I’m open to advice or suggestions in this situation–whether it be how to deal with the anxiety over the paintings, or what to do with them when the time comes.

And, please don’t get me wrong.  I don’t worry over this to the point of losing sleep or anything.  The thought just crosses my mind from time to time and I feel like it’s something I should stop avoiding and start mentally preparing for.

HELP!

Have any of you ever had heirlooms passed down to you that you would rather not have the burden of dealing with, or will you one day?   Are you having a difficult time releasing heirlooms due to sentimentality?

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This I Know

I long to help the people I care about in any way possible.

What’s tough for me, is letting go of the situation after I’ve realized they don’t want help.

I cannot help people who don’t truly wish to help themselves.

This I know.

Of this I will let go.

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Health Kick

I’ve decided.

I need less junk in my life, and–unfortunately–for me, food falls in this category.  I’m tired of the way I’ve been feeling these days, and I’m going to jump back on the health wagon.

I was doing so well for months–having completed the INSANITY workout twice through, AND sticking with their meal plan.  But then I got sick the day after I finished cycle 2 and couldn’t shake it.  I felt like I’d never get over that crud!  So, needless to say, exercising as intensely as INSANITY requires you exercise was the last thing on my agenda.

And just like that, my good habits I had built over those 4 months, just went out the window.

Here I am now, 6 months later, ready to get serious again.  I won’t be doing INSANITY, at least not following it exclusively.  I may incorporate some of what I learned from the program into my routine, but for the most part I just want to start small in the exercise department.  I will reevaluate after a month, and go from there.  INSANITY is intense, and right now, my main focus needs to be on my diet.  It’s not so good these days.  😦

So….

starting Monday, June 17th, I will be back on the wagon.  This will give me a few days to prepare, buy better groceries, start weening myself off of the eating-out-so-much thing I’ve been doing, and just get my mind right.

Here’s my plan:

1) I will start a journal–like I did while doing INSANITY–where I will record everything I eat (but not count calories….gross), my exercise each day (or lack thereof), changes I’m noticing, my weight, and my measurements.

2) I’m going to try to eat mostly plants with a few lean meats and nuts.  I’ll be trying to eat as Paleo as possible.  I know from experience that this way of eating is easy for me to stick with and gets me the results I want.

3) I will drink lots of water–probably only water, actually–and will avoid caffeine at all costs.  Caffeine just gives me the shakes and wicked headaches.

4) I will strive to maintain an earlier bedtime, as I am aware that more sleep equals a healthier me.

As far as eating out and alcoholic beverages are concerned, these are my rules:

1) I am allowed to eat out 1 lunch and 1 dinner per week, but they must be healthy meals that follow my diet plan.

2) I will allow myself one cheat meal per month.  And, I mean, one where I can really go over the top and have all the pasta, beer, or dessert I want.

3) I will limit my alcoholic beverage consumption to no more than 7 per month, and they must be drinks with a lower caloric count–unless they are consumed during my cheat meal.

This is my plan of action for now.  I may make a couple of adjustments after the plan’s been underway for a few weeks, but I think this is a great start.

I’m writing about it on my blog, because it’s a way I can hold myself accountable.  Once I tell people I’m going to do something, it kills me to not be able to follow through.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll keep you all updated on my progress.

Do you have any tips to help someone stick to their healthy eating and exercise plan?

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Van Dweller

My thoughts have been continually going back to the same thing lately.

I see these stories of people who sell 95% of their possessions and do things like live on a boat and travel all over the globe, and am instantly jealous.  I long to be able to live that simply.  Where my time is my own, living life as one experience after another, without the baggage of what most people consider to be normal.

I found this story on Yahoo’s home page about a student who lived in a van while going to grad school so as not to acquire any more debt.  What an awesome testimony to how little you can have in your life and get by.  Heck, not just get by, but complete grad school!  Pretty incredible, if you ask me.

This was just something I felt the need to share today.  It spoke to me, and once again, I find the wheels in my head turning.  How far do I want to go?

I’d also like to thank those of you in this blogging community who I am constantly encouraged by.  Reading your posts just reassure me that I’m not alone in this, and I’m not as crazy as most of the world around me thinks.

Have any of you embarked upon an adventure such as the ones mentioned above?

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